Lucinda Literary

Lucinda Literary Lucinda Literary, founded in 2011, is a literary management firm specializing in “ideas” or “big think” books that look to change the way people work, behave, and live. We selectively represent fiction.
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Lucinda Literary, founded in 2011, is a literary management firm specializing in “ideas” or “big think” books that look to change the way people work, behave, and live. Most often, our clients come to us already well-known in their fields as original thinkers or voices—they are business leaders, scientists, or bring a strong media or online profile. But sometimes, there is just a great title concept. Or a great story that requires a professional writer. We help develop books from the ground up. Lucinda Literary selectively represents fiction. We look for voice-driven, emotionally raw, and often unconventionally told novels for adults and young adults. In children’s books, we seek stories that transport us and break new ground, much in the way our adult books do. Lucinda Literary’s Speakers Bureau was founded in 2016 to offer lecture opportunities and relationships to all Lucinda Literary authors, along with a select list of authors represented by our colleagues. Bringing a background in marketing, along with media and film relationships, we are above all strategists and advocates not just for the books, but for the entire careers of our authors. We take on a small number of new clients by design, which allows us to be hands-on, attentive, and editorially invested.

We love to see support for bookstores during these unprecedented times, such as Macmillan’s launch of an assistance prog...
05/28/2020
Macmillan Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program

We love to see support for bookstores during these unprecedented times, such as Macmillan’s launch of an assistance program for indie bookstores:
http://ow.ly/zB5i50zM0un

Macmillan Publishers will issue promotional terms intended to help independent bookstores recover from what it calls the significant and calamitous impacts of Covid-19 on the channel.

While many writers dread marketing, believing it requires an entirely different skill-set, the art of marketing has a lo...
05/26/2020
Writers, You Have What It Takes To Market Your Book - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

While many writers dread marketing, believing it requires an entirely different skill-set, the art of marketing has a lot in common with the art of writing. Both fields call for creativity, grit, and an understanding of the desires, motivations, and needs of your audience.

Check out Lucinda’s advice on a few ways you can prove to an agent or a publisher that you’ve got the marketing chops: http://ow.ly/2ztY50zM0ms

In the past two months, we’ve been having the most extraordinary virtual conversations with writers from Ireland to Sydney, and everywhere in between. What’s impressed...

As productivity expert Chris Bailey states, “A productivity mindset at home turns our personal lives into a running chec...
05/24/2020
Stop being 'so busy': The psychology behind why being lazy is actually good for your brain

As productivity expert Chris Bailey states, “A productivity mindset at home turns our personal lives into a running checklist, rather than something that should be enjoyed.” Chris’s CNBC article informs us about the benefits of permitting yourself to be “lazy.”

Read more here: http://ow.ly/mtKz50zLZVy

Too often, we try to chase the satisfaction that comes with productivity. This is especially true during a pandemic. But laziness can be a virtue — and there's science to back it up.

🎉 We are thrilled to announce that Jackie Ashton has joined Lucinda Literary as an agent, where she will focus on repres...
05/22/2020

🎉 We are thrilled to announce that Jackie Ashton has joined Lucinda Literary as an agent, where she will focus on representing authors writing in the categories of popular science, business, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and upmarket fiction. 🎉

Follow Jackie on LinkedIn and Twitter:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackieashton/
https://twitter.com/JackieMAshton

Happy Pub Week to Emily Dalton! Her debut, BE STRAIGHT WITH ME, is an unforgettable memoir-in-verse about a love that bl...
05/20/2020

Happy Pub Week to Emily Dalton! Her debut, BE STRAIGHT WITH ME, is an unforgettable memoir-in-verse about a love that blurs the boundaries of gender and sexuality—told from the perspective of a young, straight woman who finds herself in a serious relationship with her gay male best friend. Order your copy today!

https://www.amazon.com/Be-Straight-Me-Emily-Dalton/dp/1524856495

05/19/2020

Hello Writers! Lucinda Literary wants to hear from you: what's a favorite marketing tip or resource you’d like to share with other writers in our community? 🤔

Tell us in the comments below!

Last call! There are only 3 spots left in our brand new Proposal Development Workshop, taking place on May 13th at 7:00 ...
05/11/2020

Last call! There are only 3 spots left in our brand new Proposal Development Workshop, taking place on May 13th at 7:00 pm EST via video conference. Register today to receive our exclusive Book Proposal Template, plus invaluable tips and personalized feedback on your book objectives from Lucinda and other attendees in real time.
https://lucindaliterary.com/workshops/#proposal

05/08/2020

Sign up for our newsletter and receive "The Six Things Every Book Proposal Must Have," plus emails to motivate, educate, and inspire writers: 📩👈 http://ow.ly/8HYQ50yplEk

Good news! According to Publishers Marketplace, deals have remained steady for this past April, which was the first mont...
05/06/2020
The Deals Are Alright - Publishers Lunch

Good news! According to Publishers Marketplace, deals have remained steady for this past April, which was the first month expected to reflect pandemic-related market fluctuations. Although nonfiction deals were slightly down, children’s deals were particularly strong, having their best April in the past five years! These trends are fascinating to follow and they reassure us that the market is staying strong.

Sources:
https://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/2020/05/the-deals-are-alright/

As you may have noticed informally, deal reports have been looking pretty steady over the past month at PublishersMarketplace.com, and with April coming to an end, we can share some data on dealmaking patterns since the pandemic hit. Broadly speaking, deal volumes were strong in the first half of Ma...

In these unprecedented times a top-notch query letter is needed more than ever. Fortunately, now may be the perfect time...
05/04/2020
Querying Effectively: Now More Than Ever Before - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

In these unprecedented times a top-notch query letter is needed more than ever. Fortunately, now may be the perfect time to up your query game and grow within the writing community. In our most recent blog post we offer our tips for breaking through the slush pile even in an uncertain marketplace. One tip: zero in on what makes your story unique, timely and a must read right now.
https://lucindaliterary.com/news/querying-effectively-now-more-than-ever-before/

At this unprecedented moment in which we now find ourselves, publishers will be even more selective in their acquisitions. But fear not, because publishers are still looking...

Publicity and media experts Ashley Bernardi and Anna Davalos are hosting FREE workshops to teach you how to look, feel, ...
05/03/2020
Learn How To Talk On Camera With 2 Girls Talking – Nardi Media

Publicity and media experts Ashley Bernardi and Anna Davalos are hosting FREE workshops to teach you how to look, feel, and sound your best on camera, Zoom, Skype, or any video platform! Join their next workshop on Tuesday, May 12th.

Visit this link for more information: http://nardimedia.com/learn-how-to-talk-on-camera-with-2-girls-talking/

Learn How To Talk On Camera With 2 Girls Talking Our lives have gone virtual. Nearly all media interviews and business meetings will be conducted virtually – and we’re here to help! Are you prepared to look, sound, and feel your best on camera during these coming months? Ashley Bernardi and Anna...

We still have open slots available for this month’s Letter Better Workshop! If you’re interested in capturing an agent’s...
05/01/2020
Workshops - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

We still have open slots available for this month’s Letter Better Workshop! If you’re interested in capturing an agent’s attention, join Lucinda on May 6th at 12:30 pm EST to receive her personalized insights and feedback on your query letter. https://lucindaliterary.com/workshops/

Lucinda Literary is thrilled to launch workshops and private consultations for writers at any stage in the publishing process. Letter Better Workshops Getting an agent...

We're so excited to announce our brand new workshop focusing on proposal development! In this workshop, Lucinda will wal...
04/21/2020

We're so excited to announce our brand new workshop focusing on proposal development! In this workshop, Lucinda will walk through each section of a book proposal, sharing tips on what publishers are looking for in nonfiction right now. You'll also receive access to our exclusive Lucinda Literary Proposal Template, and have the opportunity to discuss your book objectives and receive feedback from Lucinda and other attendees in real time.

The Proposal Development Workshop will take place on May 13th at 7:00 pm EST. Click here to receive more details: https://mailchi.mp/fe0e6dbed0a0/proposalworkshopinterest

03/30/2020
Lucinda Literary

We have just ONE spot left for our upcoming #LetterBetter query workshop - held via Zoom - on April 7th. And we're extending half-off pricing due to the pandemic. Find more information here: https://lucindaliterary.com/workshops/

Lucinda Literary, founded in 2011, is a literary management firm specializing in “ideas” or “big think” books that look to change the way people work, behave, and live. We selectively represent fiction.

03/23/2020

☎️ There are still slots available for our FREE group conference call this WEDNESDAY, March 25th at 12:30 pm EST. The first 10 writers to sign up will have one of their burning publishing questions answered by Lucinda. ☎️

✍️Sign up here: https://calendly.com/lucindaliterary/free?month=2020-03

At what point in the process should you seek an agent? As we discuss with our new friend and gifted editor Kelly Notaras...
03/09/2020
What Does a Literary Agent Do? An Interview with Lucinda Halpern - kn literary arts

At what point in the process should you seek an agent? As we discuss with our new friend and gifted editor Kelly Notaras at kn literary arts an agent can come in very early in the process and be there until the very end. Think of it as a lifelong marriage:
https://knliterary.com/what-does-a-literary-agent-do/

Literary agent Lucinda Halpern discusses the details of how an agent can help nurture you through a long-lasting writing career.

Absolutely thrilled for Michele Sullivan with the launch of LOOKING UP! Her story shows us how a different perspective c...
02/26/2020
Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages

Absolutely thrilled for Michele Sullivan with the launch of LOOKING UP! Her story shows us how a different perspective can turn obstacles into advantages. Be ready to learn a multitude of inspiring life lessons, and laugh and cry while you’re at it. Congrats, Michele! 🎉

Purchase your copy today, and learn more about Michele's story in People Magazine's exclusive article: https://people.com/human-interest/meet-michele-sullivan-standing-4-feet-tall-allowed-her-see-big-picture/

We’ve all had moments of feeling like we didn’t belong, but imagine being born into a world where fitting in was never an option. Michele Sullivan, who has a rare form of dwarfism, shares how her physical posture taught her the most effective relational posture with others, which help...

Want to know what actually drives book sales? It's not as obvious as you think. The factors a prospective reader conside...
02/19/2020
Publicity or Content: Which Do You Need Most? - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

Want to know what actually drives book sales? It's not as obvious as you think. The factors a prospective reader considers are often the same as those a publisher looks for when assessing you as a potential author. Our latest post on what's nice-to-have vs. need-to-have.

When does publicity translate to book sales? Typically, there’s a slow burn: your book is mentioned for a long, long time—months before it actually goes...

Every post you write Tanja Hester, Author of Work Optional & Our Next Life is a motivational journey in of itself! Congr...
02/12/2020
Doing the Thing That Scares You

Every post you write Tanja Hester, Author of Work Optional & Our Next Life is a motivational journey in of itself! Congratulations for braving this next book adventure. We are thrilled for you.

One of the biggest things I’ve discovered in the last year is how badly I still want to be challenged despite having left my career behind. In fact, I want it so badly that I’m having t…

It was a dream come true to be with Susan this morning at the Today Show. She has always been a visionary. It's profound...
01/21/2020
‘Bright Line Eating’ author talks mission to help others break food addiction

It was a dream come true to be with Susan this morning at the Today Show. She has always been a visionary. It's profoundly moving to see her discuss her vision, her story, and her mission on a national stage:

Susan Peirce Thompson, author of “Bright Line Eating,” joins the 3rd hour of TODAY to talk about overcoming drug addiction, which eventually led to a food addiction, and how she created a diet plan to help herself. Watch as she shares her advice to others hoping to do the same.

https://www.today.com/video/-bright-line-eating-author-talks-mission-to-help-others-break-food-addiction-77201989947

We're thrilled to announce our first-ever workshop for #writers: From Zero to Finish: Letter Better in 2020. On January ...
01/07/2020
Workshops - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

We're thrilled to announce our first-ever workshop for #writers: From Zero to Finish: Letter Better in 2020. On January 14th and 15th, Lucinda will offer her personal time and attention to workshopping your query letters and helping you to break through the slushpile to capture and keep an agent's attention.

Learn more:

https://lucindaliterary.com/workshops/

We’re thrilled to announce our first-ever workshop: From Zero to Finish: Letter Better in 2020. Get excited to: Learn the art and science of creating...

In her first book, INSTINCT, @DrRebeccaHeiss will unpack the surprising biology of business and how our instincts can hi...
12/10/2019
Recent Deal: Instinct by Rebecca Heiss - Lucinda Literary: Authors Representatives and Speakers Bureau

In her first book, INSTINCT, @DrRebeccaHeiss will unpack the surprising biology of business and how our instincts can hijack our career success: https://lucindaliterary.com/news/recent-deal-instinct-by-rebecca-heiss/ #bookdeals

INSTINCT unpacks the surprising biology of business—how our instincts hijack our career success—offering a blueprint for overcoming our bad adaptations based on surprising truths gleaned...

Congratulations to our author Susan Peirce Thompson! 🎉 Her latest book, THE OFFICIAL BRIGHT LINE EATING COOKBOOK: WEIGHT...
10/31/2019
The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook: Weight Loss Made Simple

Congratulations to our author Susan Peirce Thompson! 🎉 Her latest book, THE OFFICIAL BRIGHT LINE EATING COOKBOOK: WEIGHT LOSS MADE SIMPLE, just hit #7 on the New York Times how-to list! We are so thrilled for you, Susan Peirce Thompson!

https://www.amazon.com/Official-Bright-Line-Eating-Cookbook/dp/1401957137?tag=NYTBS-20

New York Times best-selling author offers a one-of-a-kind program to help readers finally become happy, thin, and free!Sustainable weight loss expert Susan Peirce Thompson builds on the success of her Bright Line Eating Boot Camps and best-selling book with: The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbo...

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08/27/2019

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We're hiring! If you're awesomely organized, a great communicator, and bring editorial experience, this position in #boo...
04/09/2019
Lucinda Literary: Representation, Book Marketing and Publicity

We're hiring! If you're awesomely organized, a great communicator, and bring editorial experience, this position in #book #publishing could be your next side hustle: http://www.lucindaliterary.com/jobs-available-with-lucinda-literary/

We’re Hiring! Have you long harbored a curiosity about the book publishing industry and how it is that manuscripts and ideas become books? Have you left an earlier career…and are eager to get back in the game? Lucinda Literary is excited to announce a new editorial and marketing assistant positi...

@CaitFlanders’ THE YEAR OF LESS has hit the Wall Street Journal #Bestsellers List! https://www.amazon.com/Year-Less-Shop...
04/07/2018
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

@CaitFlanders’ THE YEAR OF LESS has hit the Wall Street Journal #Bestsellers List! https://www.amazon.com/Year-Less-Shopping-Belongings-Discovered/dp/1401954871

The Year of Less In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized t...

Our new blog post outlines a few best practices for getting paid lecture gigs entirely on your own:
03/19/2018
Before You Get a Lecture Agent: How to Get Paid For Speaking - Lucinda Literary

Our new blog post outlines a few best practices for getting paid lecture gigs entirely on your own:

For many authors, speaking can be a key avenue to selling books as well as a lucrative side hustle. But a common misconception is that having a lecture agent is the only way to obtain paid speaking opportunities. We routinely receive queries from authors seeking lecture representation, but who might...

We wrote this post to remove some of the mystique around the book submission process, addressing questions such as: what...
01/25/2018
My Book is on Submission with Publishers. Now What? - Lucinda Literary

We wrote this post to remove some of the mystique around the book submission process, addressing questions such as: what to do while waiting to hear from publishers? when to follow up? and what can help my chances?

We hope you find it useful.

You’ve been back and forth with your agent for months creating the perfect book proposal—making sure every argument you’ve made is unassailable, that every indent, line break, and page break is perfectly positioned, and that every t is crossed and i dotted. Your interactions are so frequent th...

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